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Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

Those little boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix are convenient, but they’re loaded with artificial flavors and colors. Replace them with this homemade version. It’s no-cook, just like the store-bought kind, but doesn’t contain all the junk.

Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

This recipe will make enough mix for four batches of chocolate pudding.

Prep Time:

5 mins

Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup cocoa
1 cup Instant Clear Jel

Clear Jel

Instant Clear Jel is the secret ingredient that makes instant pudding instant. It’s a modified cornstarch that’s able to thicken foods without cooking. You probably won’t find it at your local grocery store, since it’s kind of a specialty item. I ordered mine from Amazon. Just be sure to buy Instant Clear Jel, not Clear Jel. Only the instant kind works without cooking.

Clear Jel can also be used to make pie filling, since it’s able to stand up to high temperatures and acidic ingredients. I bought a big container, so I could experiment with all its different uses.

Okay, now that you know a bit about Clear Jel, let’s get on to our instant chocolate pudding mix, shall we?

What You Do:

Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

Measure all of your ingredients into a large bowl. To get your measurements right, spoon the ingredients into your measuring cups, instead of using your measuring cup to scoop them out. Scooping will put extra ingredients in your recipe.

Then, mix all the ingredients together, and break up any clumps.

Transfer your finished instant chocolate pudding mix to an air-tight container. It fits nicely in a quart jar. I’ve been using smooth-sided Ball jars, since labels go over them nicely. You can find them at craft stores like Michael’s.

Free Printable Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix Labels

Printable Labels for Instant Chocolate Pudding

Here are free, printable labels that you can use on your mix. They fit on full-sheet shipping labels. Use Avery 8165, if you have an inkjet, or Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.

I’ve started using water-proof labels on my mix jars, so I’ll be able to wash the jars without messing up the labels. I have a color laser printer, so I’ve been using these. If you have an inkjet, these are the ones you want.

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Single-Batch Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

If you only want to make enough chocolate pudding mix to replace one 3.9-oz box of store-bought chocolate pudding mix, use:

1/2 c granulated sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup Instant Clear Jel

Ready to try your pudding mix out? Let’s do it!

No-Cook Chocolate Pudding

No-Cook Instant Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

1 cup instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups cold milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

What You Do:

Pour the wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and add the mix. Then, beat with a mixer or whisk until the ingredients come together and the pudding begins to thicken, approximately two minutes. I use my immersion blender for this step.

Let your pudding sit for at least five minutes before serving. Like store-bought pudding mix, it’ll be thicker and tastier, if you wait 30 minutes (or more) before serving.

Variation: To create dairy-free or vegan chocolate pudding with this mix, just use soy, almond, coconut or rice milk instead.

For Pie: When making pie filling, store-bought pudding mixes call for using a bit less milk (1-3/4 cup) and cutting the beating time to one minute. I would do the same with this homemade mix. If you already have a pie recipe that you like, just replace the store-bought pudding mix called for with an equal amount of this mix. The 3.9-oz boxes contain 3/4 cup of pudding mix.

Make Your Own Chocolate Pudding Cups

I’ve recently become enamored with quarter pint jars. They hold half a cup each, so they’re the perfect size for packaging up desserts and sides for lunchboxes.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Cups

This chocolate pudding recipe makes enough to fill five quarter pint jars. That’s enough for a week’s worth of school or work lunches!

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Make Your Own Chocolate Pudding Cups

No-Cook Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

Description

This no-cook chocolate pudding mix recipe is the perfect replacement for store-bought instant pudding mix. Only three ingredients.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler
  • Yield: Makes enough mix for 4 batches of pudding. Each batch makes 5 servings.

Ingredients:

To Make Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup Instant Clear Jel

To Make Instant Chocolate Pudding:

  • 1 cup instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

Measure out the ingredients. Be sure to spoon the cocoa and Instant Clear Jel into your measure cups, so you don’t end up with extra ingredient (scooping tends to do that).

Stir everything together until well combined. Then, store your instant chocolate pudding mix in an air-tight container. This fits perfectly in a quart jar.

To Use: 

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Beat with a mixer or whisk, until everything comes together and the pudding begins to thicken, approximately two minutes. An immersion blender is great for this task.

Allow pudding to rest at least five minutes before serving. Like store-bought pudding mix, it’ll be thicker and tastier, if you wait 30 minutes (or more) before you eat it.

Notes

Recipe Variation: To make dairy-free or vegan chocolate pudding with this mix, just use soy, almond, coconut or rice milk instead.

Pie Filling: Use 3/4 cup of pudding mix and 1-3/4 cup milk. Cut the beating time to one minute. Already have a pie recipe that you like? Just replace the store-bought pudding mix called for with this homemade mix. The 3.9 oz. boxes hold 3/4 cup of mix.

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Comments

  1. THIS IS WONDERFUL INFO. HAVE TRIED FOREVER TO
    OBTAIN THIS. PLAN TO EXPERIMENT O MAKE A
    SUGAR-FREE VERSION.
    THANKS….YOU MADE MY DAY!!!
    PAM FROM K.C., MO.

    • Yay! Glad to hear it. I forgot to add sugar-free info to the recipe variations section, but you should be able to swap in any sugar replacement that’s designed to replace sugar measure for measure.

  2. Wow, I learned something new today. I had no idea there was such as thing as instant clear jel.

  3. Yes the pudding you buy is loaded with everything I don’t want to eat. I like the real recipes made from scratch too.

  4. Your instant clear jel powder is the exact same thing as Knox unflavored gelatin.
    And the unflavored gelatin is less expensive
    So I will be getting that instead for this recipe.

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